Our family was given some digital download editions of a few magazines and unit studies from Creation Illustrated to do a product review on the following unit study:
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[ctt template=”4″ link=”eyecG” via=”yes” ]This is a product review of Creation Illustrated Magazine's unit study on snow that we used in our homeschool.[/ctt]
For this product review, I decided to have my 6th grade son, Maris, go through this with me. He is really into the outdoors, so this was a good fit for him to do. Some of the information for the unit study comes right from the following magazine:
Winter '18 Digital Edition
The snow article we used from this magazine was called, “Intricacies of Snow”, but there were many more articles including: Animal features – Working Dogs, Outdoor Adventures – Crystal Visions from Alaska, even Wholesome Recipes, and Educational Offers! This and each edition is divided into 3 sections. Creation Illustrated . . . In Nature . . . In Scripture . . . and In Living. Every issue includes an Instructional Guide which is very helpful to homeschoolers to glean vital lessons from various articles. What's fun for my family is the coloring, photo and poetry contests for homeschoolers that we find in their Creation magazines. The magazine is for all ages, which is why it is nice to have at our house with seven children ages 1 to 18. You can get the print or digital version. Creation Illustrated is entering its 25th year of publishing.
Snow Unit Study
The Snow Unit Study primarily targets grades 5 through 8 and can be used by multiple students in one family.
I consider it to be a character-building unit study as well because of the following snippet from the magazine:
This is such a great example of using Christ's method of teaching through the things He made. My 6th grade son, Maris, is drawing the different snow flakes shapes. There are over 120! He is just drawing some of them below.
He is proud of his work. It's so fun to draw while learning!
Some of the answers in the unit study, we had a hard time finding. It is nice that they have an answer key to help us with those! He took a long time to do this snow word search puzzle. I was surprised because normally he does them very fast. I found out why, the word, “white” was not actually in the word puzzle. So that was very disappointing as I expected it to be there for him. The word puzzle does not have an answer key, so it took me some time to figure that out.
We really enjoyed watching the YouTube videos. One of them showed how snow flakes are formed from a tiny speck of dust and the different shapes they may take on and turn into.
The YouTube videos are an optional part of the study, but we really enjoyed them. If you include the YouTube videos and everything in the study, you could do this study for ten 30 minute sessions.
The other creation unit study that was given to me was Pine Trees.
This study is recommended for Grades 3-8 and gives an up close view of pine trees as God created them. There are links to educational videos to watch, worksheets to complete, Bible Study lessons, articles to read and more.
Fall '17 Digital Edition
This is the Fall 2017 magazine cover, this issue is the one that has the Pine Trees article in it.
Spring '18 Digital Edition
on butterflies along with transformational character-building lessons!
Maris' Opinion (age 12)
I don't really like to write out my answers that much so it would be nice if they had multiple choice answers on the worksheets, but I really liked that they involve YouTube and that was a nice way to learn. I love doing puzzles, but the snow one was hard because I found out the last word wasn't in there. I did learn a lot about snow.
My favorite part was the article from the Creation Illustrated magazine that teaches spiritual lessons we learn about snow. I also enjoyed the questions designed to help us find Bible verses about snow and the spiritual lessons we learn from snow. I am not worried about the word find. It is so easy for the company to fix, it probably won't be an issue when you get it. The rest of the unit study is so nice and organized and easy to implement and what a great price too! I suggest you give one a try, or at least get the magazine to read, there is so much to learn from it for all ages in your family.
How to find Creation Illustrated:
You can get print subscriptions, back issues, products, and FREEbies (including a Sample Digital Back Issue, a Sample Unit Study on Fragrance, a character-building lesson, and more) from their website. Subscriptions to the Ad-free quarterly PRINT editions of Creation Illustrated are for 1 year and available for 25% Off. Subscriptions to the quarterly DIGITAL editions of Creation Illustrated are coming soon.
- Website: http://www.creationillustrated.com
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